slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maybe I’m just in a good mood tonight... I enjoyed this one as well... perhaps it was the thick, honey-ish texture (yes, im using the word texture in a beer rating) and wonderfully floral, sweet caramel and banana flavor with the other typical triple flavors swirling around... hops not really that pronounced, and a malty, yeast flavor dominated... I really liked this one, great on tap and great anywhere... i recommend it... if that means anything to anyone that is.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very strong alcoholic and vinous. Aroma reminds of raisins and burned sugar, however the taste is nearly just alcohol. Long strong herbal alcoholic finish and aftertaste.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet raisiny and caramel aroma, tinged by light smell of alcohol. Flavor is sweet, spicy, apple, raisin, caramel, and richly alcohol. Good stuff!
SilkTork (5013) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 Sept, 2002 Even though Van Steenberge have only been brewing Abbey style beers for 30 years the yeasts and recipes were bought from Augustiner monks in Gent so they have a decent pedigree. I found this to have a sour cream aroma which lingered into the taste. The high alcohol content gave it a whiskey character like Fuller’s Golden Pride, which also reminded me of Carlsberg’s Special Brew. Apart from the sourness, I found it to have no real character - depending too much on it’s strength. The plastic coating on the bottle would perhaps indicate that the brewery intends people to lay the bottle down for a few years to let it develop - it certainly feels a little young at the moment. [2.3]
Nov, 2011 Part of the Carrefour Belgian pack during the Nice-Cannes Marathon week. The last beer. I like this. I have a preference for malty beers. The blondes are not really my style. Give me a brown/amber beer any time. I also like black beers, but my preference is for brown. I think the best beers are brown. That’s the proper colour of malt. I like the white bottle and I like the name. And the beer is about good, strong, malty sweet beer. Yummy. Good body, firm alcohol, and balanced taste, There’s higher alcohol notes and a bit of hotness, but nothing unpleasant or aggressive. Enjoyable. [3.5]
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet pleasant aroma. Huge head, dark amber color. Opens up sweet and spicy, middle is more malty. Finishes warm with a slight alcohol tang. The herbal spiciness does a good job at hiding the heavy alcohol content, and a couple of these will get you rather drunk...
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and a variety of spices. Kinda sweet, but very nicely balanced.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It has the appearance of a dubbel, dark and thick. Apple, raisins, molasses and a spicy herbal quality are present. Taste is just as complex. Balance is a bit on the sweet side but it certainly hides the 10.5%. I was impressed with this overall
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber coloured with a big head. The aroma is sweet and malty with some fruit. A sweet malty portery taste. Very nice beer. The only drawback is that the alcohol is noticeable.
skortila (4176) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kind a dark triple ale.. This ones heavy. And the alcohol is something they didn’t try yo hide. Aroma is nice sweet. Taste is besides alcoholic, sweet spicy and hoppy, kinda complex; Certainly good. Alcoholic palate. Appearance isn’t brilliant; big dying head.. Foam doesn’t look quite beautifull.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color w/ a full fresh head that lasts forever. Delicious taste of hops and raisins. A good blend which albeit pleasing was not entirely original.